boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Poured a deep amber with a thick beige head. Aroma of mostly malts and a metallic character. Where’s the fresh hops? I think I bought a spoiled bottle. Not only did this not taste like a fresh hop ale, but it tasted like a bad IPA all together. Unbalanced, lack of satisfying hop flavors and overly malt driving with a musty, yeast flavor.
after4ever (6500) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Pours a clear medium amber with a few nucleation columns and a thin but dense layer of tan foam. Attractive, but not a cover girl. Mild, earthy hop nose, kind of a tangy peach thing but somewhat indistinct, and also possessed of piney overtones. Crisp medium body, firm carb very pleasantly integrated. Caramel, dark crackers, earth, and piney tingling hop on the mid-palate. Mild, slightly resiny finish. Very, very understated for a fresh hop ale. I don’t know much about these hop varietals, but maybe they’re always restrained.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As fantastic IPA as I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. Sweet nose with wafts of floral hoppiness and a light biscuity note. Strong caramel malt character with with light a subtle offering of great citrus, pine, and resin that fit together like a latex glove. Fresh hops are wonderfully showcased without being overtly abusive to the palate. Creamy mouthfeel and a solid earthy dry finish. Smooth. rich and complex - A masterpiece brew.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber - dark copper, clear with foamy off-white head; some floral and fruity hop notes, but pretty mild; thin texture; fresh, crisp and lemony; a little earthy quality too; nice malty, dry finish; a solid brew and nothing really that jumps out; like w/ Sierra Nevada, i really dig the concept and praise the efforts
BelgianBeerGal (3316) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught sample at Portland Pub. My main note is "mild at best". Just seemed a little flat on the hop flavours; not just the bitterness but also the citrus and/or pine qualities that really give it character. Pleasant enough just nothing top tier.
dnlsartin (80) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2010 Not the extreme hop experience I was expecting, but a very balanced pale ale nonetheless. Cloudy orange with an initially frothy head. Typical floral and citrus notes, modestly hoppy, and especially light and dry with a champagne-like effervescence. It’s tasty, but, in my opinion, more suited for an eight dollar six-pack than a five dollar bottle.
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle pour has a thin foamy head that fades quickly but keeps foaming around the edges of a cloudy reddish golden body. Faint grapefruit aroma. Hop bitterness is mild, but does hang around on the tongue afterwards. More of a malt presence than I expected. A decent enough ale, but like others, I expected more of a bite.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy copper, thick head with stuck bubbles reminds me of pancake batter. Metallic aroma. Cedar and orange peel, piney hop finish, but I agree with Diabolik. Not an IPA. It even says 40 IBUs on the bottle and never calls itself imperial. As a pale it’s very good. But I expect a fresh juicy burst in wet hopped beers and this is too malt-forward and weighed down on the back end. Hops are more muted with each sip and my disappointment with this years wet hopped offerings grows.
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from Bottle into Imperial Pint glass.
Pours a clear orange-copper color with a couple fingers of off-white head that leaves a heavy layer atop the glass. The aroma is grapefruit, caramel malt and some alcohol. The flavor is grapefruit hoppiness upfront and quickly develops into a strong malt flavor and finishes sweet and slightly dry. Its medium bodied and softly carbonated. This beer needs more hops in the nose and a more consistent hop flavor especially since its fresh hopped. I’m more looking for hop bombs from Fresh Hop ales and this just wasn’t that. This beer should certainly be considered an American Pale.
swoopjones (6659) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2009, Orange copper pour, Medium bitterness & body, Balanced IPA, not overly hoppy but decent, Pretty good